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New Horizons Returns Stunning Photos of Hazy 'Arctic' Pluto

New photos from NASA's mission to Pluto reveal more detail in the dwarf planet's dynamic atmosphere and surprising landscape.

Published On 09/17/2015
12:40 PM EDT
A closer view of the smooth expanse of the informally named Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the skyline. The backlighting highlights more than a dozen layers of haze in Pluto's tenuous but distended atmosphere. | NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI